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McLeish - We Should've Shared The Spoils

McLeish - We Should've Shared The Spoils

Alex McLeish felt today that we saw an inspired performance from the Villa lads, on what he describes as an emotional day.

Speaking to the Official Site Alex said all the players were motivated by Stan's visit to the dressing room pre game, and he thanked the fans for their response to Stan and the team throughout the game:

'Stan was with all the boys and they weren't quite sure whether to applaud, cry or hug, but he shook everybody's hand and everybody embraced him, it was great to see him.'

As for the game itself - packed out by a number of potential debutants and youngsters - Alex added:

'I felt it was a travesty that we didn't get anything out of the game, we are very disappointed, but the show of support for Stan and the team today was fantastic. I think that was good evidence for me to see how they did on the big stage, I've got to say the young players came in and did really well against a very strong Chelsea team. I don't think they were made to look second best the whole game. To come back from 2-0 was fantastic and I'm proud of the way they went about it.'

Good positive words about the youngsters, and bodes well for the future as they'll all learn from this season, and the experience.

Alex's one criticism of the game and our performance, is an old, old thing.

'We have got to stop conceding from set pieces!'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday March 31 2012
Time: 8:00PM


This isn`t a football school its the premier league,we will have a future in the championship at this rate, we are in ******** freefall here.
31/03/2012 20:02:00
Lerneravfc but with 8 or 9 first team players out, what is your alternative? Moan by all means but be realistic. I thought some of the younger players came of age today and showed they can be good, But they have to learn and we have no alternative so support the team, they are the only ones who can get us out of this.
31/03/2012 20:07:00
Get back to me before the cardiff game next season gordon.
31/03/2012 20:13:00
Fancy Cardiff for promotion? Very poor decision denied us chance of going 3-2 up but Chelsea were the better side overall no doubt. Great spirit from our Academy team
31/03/2012 20:24:00
We cannot blame anyone for today, on the plus side Lichaj was great and it will be interesting to see if Huttons comes straight back in. We have to hope we don't go down because we won't get back up, I just think of Leeds, the thought scares the hell out of me
31/03/2012 21:30:00
Young, Old, Middle aged, doesn't matter who McLeish had out there we would have still lost like we have all season
31/03/2012 22:21:00
The reality is we can't expect to come to a place like VP and expect to get anything out of the game! thought the lads fought well enough, just too many youngsters and no stan luckily we did have heskey.......championship here we come!
01/04/2012 01:02:00
I cannot believe some of the negative moaners. It is as though you actually want us to go down. As I see it Wolves are gone Wigan are next in line. They have Chelsea, Man Utd Arsenal and Newcastle within their next five games. Nice fight back but they are gone as I see it. QPR have a horrendous run and despite winning two of the last three look likely to implode during any game and with their next game against Man Utd the slide might well start. We are currently five points clear with a home game against Bolton in hand. We have an away game against Liverpool coming up, who are dire at present. Possible we could get a point there if we turn up like we did today. We then have a home game against Stoke who are dreadful away. Man Utd away is, admittedly, an almost impossible fixture for us at the moment. But with away games at West Brom (3 points above us) and Norwich ( five points above us) not to mention that game against Bolton, we could easily get five points from the last eight. It will probably also be the lowest points total to go down for a few seasons owing to the level of competition and the difficulty of the run in. I thought we played incredibly well in parts today and were unlucky not to go in level. Unfortunately, the ref had a stinker today and at 2-2 I really fought we could have gone on and got something. What a fight back. We were pressing them hard for the equaliser when they hit us on the break in injury time. The score line flattered them and this was a team of international class players playing mostly against kids from our fantastic academy. Championship my arse. UTV. Forever Villa and onward Villa with all of us all screaming these kids on with every bit of thunder in us.
01/04/2012 01:51:00
I have never thought or said we'd go down and still don't but we are 15th, 5 points off the relegation zone, 3rd worse attack in the league and we have McLeish in charge, so sorry if I don't sound too chirpy at the moment!!
01/04/2012 10:39:00
Stop the moaning, stop the negativity and get behind the lads. They need us to lift them, their skipper has been dealt a huge blow, we have senior pros out injured and we have some of the finest young talents in the game (with claret and blue blood coursing through their veins too, I might add.) Get behind the team from now until the end of the season. Starting with Anfield we are going to batter all comers left, right and centre. Lift the lads and roar the team to victory for each and every match between here and season's end. Come On You Lions and Up The Villa!!
01/04/2012 11:22:00
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